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ARGON8 Firmware v2.4 and New Factory Library Available Now

Now there’s twice as many presets to ignite your creativity thanks to Volume 2 of the ARGON8 Factory Library

ARGON8 Firmware v2.4 and New Factory Library Available Now

Fuelled by a unique wavetable architecture for a rich, dynamic and unique sound, Modal Electronics’ ARGON SERIES have cemented themselves as the ultimate modern wavetable synth for contemporary music performers, producers and sound designers. Fusing a plethora of real time controls for tactile mastery of your sound, with full MPE support, 1:1 MODALapp integration, studio-friendly I/O and a nod to the heritage of our legendary 00 Series synthesisers, the ARGON Series is a true Sound Designers playground.

As part of the release of firmware v2.4, we are pleased to announce Volume 2 of our Factory Preset library for the ARGON8, ARGON8M and ARGON8X, to further spark your creative workflow and show the full capability of these mainstays in the Modal Electronics Line.

Everything the modern music producer and composer demands is here: deep, thunderous basslines, cutting-edge leads, mutable soundscapes, classic subtractive-style tones and even a collection of world music inspired sounds. Whatever your next project demands, ARGON delivers with this expertly curated collection of presents applicable to any genre.

Download the ARGON SERIES Factory Library Volume 2 using the link below!

Great! How do I get these sounds onto my ARGON synth?

IMPORTANT: Updating to firmware v2.4 and factory resetting your ARGON Series synthesiser will replace all sounds currently installed in the synth with the new factory library; please ensure you backup any presets you want to save within MODALapp before following the steps below.

New to the ARGON SERIES and want to get your hands on these new sounds? Simply check the General Settings on your Synth to see if your unit is running firmware version 2.4. If it is, you’re set, the new factory library is already installed onto your ARGON synth! If your ARGON unit shows firmware version 2.3 or lower, simply connect your synth to your preferred device, initiate MODALapp and proceed to update your firmware. Once firmware v2.4 is installed simply backup any presets you want to save and then factory reset your unit. If you want to access the the original Volume 1 Factory Library, head over to https://www.modalelectronics.com/argon8/

For existing ARGON SERIES users, once you have saved any presets you want to keep within MODALapp, please proceed to update your firmware using MODALapp and factory reset your unit. The new factory library will automatically be installed. Alternatively, you can download the Factory Library using the link above or from the ARGON Downloads pages and use the MODALapp to transfer them to your desired location on your ARGON synth.

If you have already updated and are experiencing any issues whatsoever, please contact support@modalelectronics.com.

For optimal performance we recommend updating to firmware v2.4 before installing the new presets.

USEFUL GUIDES FOR PRESET MANAGEMENT

Modal Minute #30 – Modalapp Patch Backup

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Modal Minute #29 – Factory Reset for COBALT8/ARGON8

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New in Firmware v2.4

Aside from the new Factory Library Volume 2, the following feature enhancements are now available with the 2.4 firmware update:

  • Added more LFO synced divisions
  • Added Extended Oscillator Drift to upper range of Drift control. Rescaled patches accordingly
  • Added ‘Master’ Clock Source mode that always sends out MIDI clock
  • Improved MIDI reliability on macOS Big Sur
  • Improved arpeggiator sync when working with external sequencers
  • Improved expression pedal behaviour
  • Improved LFO1 sync when clocked from external MIDI

ARGON8

8 voice 37-key
wavetable synthesiser

ARGON8X

8 voice 61-key
wavetable synthesiser

ARGON8M

8 voice
wavetable module/rack

ARGON8 v2.4 - Release Notes

Features:

  • Added more LFO synced divisions
  • Added Extended Oscillator Drift to upper range of Drift control. Rescaled patches accordingly.
  • Added ‘Master’ Clock Source mode that always sends out MIDI clock

Improvements:

  • Updated factory sound-set
  • Improved MIDI reliability on macOS Big Sur
  • Improved arpeggiator sync when working with external sequencers
  • Improved expression pedal behaviour
  • Improved LFO1 sync when clocked from external MIDI

Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue that could cause Unison-8 levels to be inconsistent
  • Fixed issue where an external CC 0 (bank) message would cause the screen to switch to the ‘play’ page, if screen switching is enabled for external MIDI messages.
  • Fixed negative LFO1 Rate mod assignments increasing LFO speed
  • Fixed an edge case when loading a step sequence with 0 steps
  • Fixed Y+ to LFO1 assignment not always working as expected
  • Fixed negative modulation of LFO1 rate increasing the rate in some cases
  • Fixed app sync of XY lock parameter